Juan Kingsbury is an assessment and selection specialist for Career Blindspot. He is primarily responsible for working with clients to review assessment results and provide insight for their hiring decisions. Juan's main focus is changing the way people think about careers and owning their decisions. Juan is a frequent shopper at Well Suited Men's Resale Apparel. Here, we ask him a few questions about his style and how to dress for career success.
Well Suited: Juan, tell us a little bit about Career Blindspot...
Juan: We all know the term "square peg, round hole," Career Blindspot helps companies deal with the square pegs, if not avoid them all together. I align the wants of the individual with the needs of the company. From talent selection to improving sales performance, we help companies and employees leverage their greatest strengths.
MSC: Is the way people dress associated with career success?
Juan: Completely. Don't dress for the job you have, dress for the job you want. Up your style game if you want to move up. But make sure it's a reflection of you. Don't let the clothes wear you. I cringe when I see people trying too hard, but then I sympathize when I see someone just not try at all. I've been guilty of both but like to think I've struck a balance and made my style work for me.
MSC: Is there a specific designer that dominates your closet?
Juan: Kenneth Cole. Because it's classic iconic style that my fiancé has approved.
MSC: What is one item every man should have in his closet to conquer the world?
Juan: Every man needs a well tailored suit. When it fits right, you know it and you know everyone else knows it. Looking like Tom Hanks at the end of the movie BIG doesn't look good on anyone. I don't get it but apparently good shoes go a long way for women. I'd hate to get that wrong.
MSC: Professionally, is it better to stand out with your wardrobe or blend in?
Juan: It’s better to stand out by being the best dressed than to blend in with everyone else. You want to be remembered but not for anything obnoxious. Unless that is in your industry. Don't be afraid to ask a peer or mentor what they think.
MSC: Last thing you bought at Well Suited?
Juan: I’m always looking for new dress shirts but my most favorite purchase was a Yves Saint Laurent tie.
MSC: Any general advice for people looking for work on wardrobe? Watch for deodorant stains? Dress like you've already got the job?
Juan: Dress in clothes that make you look and feel good NOW. Don't think about 10 lbs from now. And if you're wearing clothes just because they fit, go treat yourself and find something that you can't wait to rock.